Ferrari was not given an immediate order by the FIA for Fernando Alonso to give back his position to Robert Kubica at Silverstone, according to the team's account of the pit wall radio conversations that took place during the British Grand Prix.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting told Italian magazine Autosprint earlier this week that he advised Ferrari straight away to let Kubica retake his position from Alonso. However, according to a detailed report in Gazzetta dello Sport today, the team's version of events is very different.
Massimo Rivola, Ferrari's team manager, told the newspaper: "This is not polemics, these are elements to clarify why Ferrari made certain decisions and the logic behind them, after Alonso's move on Kubica."
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, this is the chronology of the events from Ferrari's perspective.
13:31:05 The overtaking move takes place at Club and after one second Rivola calls Whiting, who replies after 11 seconds. Rivola asks: "Have you seen the pass? In our opinion there was no room to overtake."
26 seconds after the pass, Whiting asks to be given time to watch the TV footage.
13:33 Ferrari makes a second radio call – 1m55sec after the pass. Alonso has completed another lap plus one sector, and is behind Nico Rosberg and Jaime Alguersuari, while Kubica drops farther back.
Whiting tells Ferrari that the stewards think Alonso could give the position back. Rivola asks: "Is this the decision?"
Whiting replies: "No, but that's how we see it."
Rivola informs the team while Rosberg passes Alguersuari. On the GPS screen that shows the position of the cars, Ferrari sees Kubica dropping farther back. Meanwhile, Alonso overtakes Alguersuari at Turn 2.
13:33:22 Ferrari makes a third radio call.
Rivola tells Whiting: "Alonso doesn't have only Kubica behind. He would have to concede two positions now."
While they discuss the matter, Kubica is passed by Barrichello, so Alonso would have to now give up three positions.
Whiting replies: "We have given you the chance to do it or not. Things being this way, the stewards will hear the drivers at the end of the race, but I understand your position."
13:35:30 Kubica stops so Alonso can no longer give the position back.
13:45:31 The stewards investigate the Alonso/Kubica incident. The monitors then display "car No. 8 under investigation," 14m26sec after the pass.
13:46:26 Just 55 seconds later the stewards decide that Alonso should have a drive-through penalty.